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coming up on "early today," in the quiet dark of night, the body of supreme court justice antonin scalia returns to virginia but the political reaction has been anything but quiet. as the candidates weigh in on the next justice, they're also tearing one another apart. >> they li. >> been telling lies. >> why do you lie. >> liar, liar, liar. millions endured record cold temperatures over the valentine weekend but more cold is in store for the week ahead. plus, is kanye west millions in debt. a monster week at the box office. and what happens when you giving a sea lion a selfie stick? "early today" starts
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the stakes are high after the death of supreme court justice antonin scalia. it's already reached the point of a justice scalia dissent. president obama says he will nominate a new justice although so far there is no timetable for an announcement. and the president's republican colleagues don't think it should be his to make at all. here's the bottom line. i don't trust barack obama on the supreme court justices it's called delay, delay, delay. >> i don't think the president should move forward and we should let the next president of the united states should decide. >> i'm glad the senate is agreeing what we should. >> those opinions have been met with harsh words on the other side of the aisle by hillary clinton. >> it is outrageous that republicans
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the campaign trail have already pledged to block any replacement that president obama nominates. there are 340 days until the next president takes office, so that is plenty of time. >> nbc's tracie potts joins us now in from washington to sort it all out. good morning, tracie. >> good morning. it's possible the president could move on a potential nominee, a replacement pretty quickly. it's taken him about a month in advance the last time he did this. let's take a look at some of names that are coming up. first of all, seb real of them from the d.c. court of appeals. a former u.s. deputy solicitor general who argued more than 20 cases in front of the u.s. supreme court, paul watford appointed by president obama
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california. nine republicans voted in favor of watford. that could be key. he also clerked previously for justice ginsburg. patricia millen also on the circuit court of appeals. her case got caught up in the filibuster over it. a lot of names out there already. we're seeing some battling back and forth not only between republicans and the president over whether or not he should make this nomination but between republicans. ted cruz already has an ad out this morning saying if donald trump is selected he could not be trusted to nominate the next supreme court justice for the united states. we'll keep an eye on this as more potential nominees are mentioned, dara as t
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should actually make the selection in his last days in office. >> there are only five days left and the field is down to just six candidates but saturday night's debate was the most venomous debate and there were plenty of fights in both english and spanish. nbc's gabe gutierrez has more. >> reporter: after moments of silence for justice scalia came the most contentious debate so far. >> he lies. >> liar, liar, liar. >> reporter: the variation of liar was used at least 13 times. the most used by donald trump. trump slammed by jeb bush over foreign policy and how to fight isis and syria. >> it's absolutely ludicrous to suggest that russia could be a positive partner in this. >> jeb is so wrong. >> while donald trump was
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brother was building a security apparatus to keep us said. >> the world trade center. >> don't go after my mother. >> reporter: marco rubio came after his defense. >> that's what allowed isis to grow and by 2001 be able to strike america. >> reporter: at one point cruz took issue with something rubio took advantage of. >> i don't why he would say that because he doesn't speak spanish. [ speaking spanish ] >> reporter: cruz also pounced on trump. >> you're the biggest liar. you're probably worse than jeb bush. you are the single biggest liar. >> donald has the worst patt
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record, he speaks liar, liar, liar. >> reporter: john kasich speaks to a different tone. >> i've got to tell you. this is just crazy. this is just nuts. geez, oh, man. >> that was gabe gutierrez reporting. a bitter arctic cold air is bringing cold weather. meanwhile weather that's struck midwesterners has headed east. >> reporter: whether it was the cause of a huge pile june that shut down a major stretch of u.s. highway in minneapolis, at least ten people were taken to the hospital with injuries. >> we know a squall came through and it was zero. it turned icy quickly. it is what it is, we deal with it. but this is one of the worst crashes i've ever seen. >> reporter: it was the coldest valentine's day on record in the northeast and frigid temperatures caused problems for
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firefighters in new jersey. >> we got off a plane yesterday and i nearly ran back into the airport. i had never known cold like that ever. >> reporter: there is good news. forecasters predict a warmup later this week. nbc's rafael is here to tell us when the weather will change. good morning, rafael. >> good morning. it's going to be a messy day across the east. we have a messy presidents' day developing. freezing rain a possibility for the carolinas and virginia. that snow will transition later on today, tonight, and freezing rain and eventually rain with much milder weather in the northeast. heavy rain overnight into tuesday and even flooding concerns there, but it could end as snow in the interior throughout the day on tuesday. a busy travel day and the weather is not big for
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d.c., new york, philadelphia, chicago is quiet dealing with a beautiful day. temperatures there well into the 80s and tomorrow again, tracking the heavy rain for the big cities of the northeast. look at the temperatures. well into the 50s. 55 for the city. flooding will be a concern there, 87 in los angeles and tracking storminess across florida. that's a look at the national weather. now here's a closer look at your day ahead. it ooh going to be a messy day across the mid-atlantic and northeast with snow, ice, and freezing rain changing over to rain later on tonight. watching out for severe weather across the gulf coast like mobile could see severe storms this afternoon. so not a great travel day for all the folks heading home after the holiday weekend. >> no, but a good day to have off and stay home. >> yes. pope francis visited one of the poorest cities in mexico city.
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300,000 attending mass. nbc's anne thompson has more. >> reporter: pope francis went to the city notorious for poverty and crime. francis rode through the graffiti covered streets given a makeover by criminals more appropriate for the occasion, the pope portrayed in all kinds of was even as a graffiti artist. it has one of the highest murder and disappearance rates in mexico. it's such a dangerous place this woman tells me today's mass is one of the rare times she can bring her children to a public event. more than 300,000 people filled the dusty fields to hear the pope warn of the temptations of wealth, vanity, and pride, emphatically telling them there can be no
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devil. your evil can fear like a daily reality. francis is asking these people, many of them poor and powerless to join the front lines of making mexico a land of opportunity. for a moment one of its most dangerous cities was a better place. anne thompson, nbc news, mexico. 48 people had to be rescued from a frigid new england ski slope after their tram cars got stuck 40 feet above the ground. look at this. rescuers actually had to use rope to help stranded schoolers propel through a hatch in the bottom of the car to the ground about 40 feet from the mountain. thankfully nobody was injured. they say a breaking sis is to blame and it cld take a few days to fix the problem.
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now to some entertainment news. today is growing for the grammy awards. the rapper leads the pack with 11 nominaon
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also big contenders. both have nine nominations. at last night's awards steven fry brought home a little bit honoring the tradition of the kiss cam. they played to the stars of maggie smith and leonardo dicaprio. he also won big by taking home best actor for a role in the revenant. >> seven mine. >> that is the latest tease from the sixth season of game of thrones. it's set in black and white of those who died. they're fueling speculation of whose death is next. this month nbc will air a special that features the reunion of the
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seems like we've been saying this a lot lately, but it is another storm team 4 weather alert day. snow has been falling for a few hours now and it won't stop anytime soon. 4:26. good morning, i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm angie goff in for eun. you probably see snow outside your window, but let's give you a look at what we're seeing outside of ours. is this outsi this is outside the news 4 studio. >> and the wheel a little hard to -- well, you can see it, but the snow is coming down there, as well. >> chuck
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mollett have you covered this morning. >> it will be a slippery go this morning. winter weather advisories and storm warnings. here in hagerstown to winchester and i-81 corridor. but this is not a short term event. this is through the day, overnight tonight and into tomorrow. snow likely all the daylight showers today, on average 2 to maybe as much as 6 inches in a few spots. a risk of freezing rain and ice after sundown tonight. most dangerous time is 8:00 tonight to 8:00 tomorrow morning. most of the snow is washington southbound, but this is not over just yet. there is more snow down here in southwest virginia. we'll be grazed by snow flake chances for most of the day today. temperatures are way cold this morning. we're in the upper teens to near 20 degrees. so everything that is coming do i
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100%. it will be a tricky go. now traffic time. so right now take a couple of cameras around town here. so roads like river road for example in bethesda at bradley boulevard, you can see part of it looks like it has been worn down by drivers, but it isn't look like it has been treated quite yet. 66 at lee highway, bigger interstate, much easier to get by here this morning. 270 also looks pretty much like this where it's kind of wet in the middle. one lane getting by. northbound bw parkway after nasa, one lane blocked. and here at the live desk, the snow is forcing many schools to close today. spotsylvania county schools, fauquier county, page county and manassas city schools are all closed. three of those districts
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before they canceled. lots of other districts including fairfax and rappahannock county schools have students scheduled off for the holiday but are making some changes. you can see all of it on our nbc washington app. 4:29. drivers are tinding o infinding prep work is paying off. d.c.'s fleet of 200 plows have been out since 11:00 last night. in virginia, vdot has been laying down anti-icing materials to try to cut down on the slippery roads. and the president's state holiday means a few changes to your commute. metrorail and metro bus running on a saturday schedule today about that metrorail runs every 12 minutes. there is no vre service today and limited service on marc trains. the penn line running on an s
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weekday schedule and camden and brunswick have limited service. the body of antonin scalia has arrived back into virginia. it was termed he died of natural causes and an autopsy was not necessary. he was found dead inside his room at a west texas resort ranch saturday morning. and flags in front of the supreme court and the white house are flying at half-staff in honor of justice scalia. the supreme court you can see here on your left, the white house there on your right. colleagues of justice scalia are mourning his death today. justice ruth bader ginsburg said she was best buddies with scalia for more than 30 years. scalia was found dead saturday morning as megan said of an apparent

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